Danielle Bolchover – Registered Manager
- Working towards NVQ in Leadership and Management Level 5
- NVQ 3 in Team Leader
- Diploma in Dementia
- Train the Trainer in Medication
- Train the Trainer in Moving and Handling
- Health and Social Care Trainer
I have been working in social care for 10 years, starting by working in residential home, dementia units and respite units. I have worked 1:1 with challenging behaviour clients and young adults with learning difficulties. This led towards becoming a health and social care trainer whilst working in a healthcare agency providing staff to work with vulnerable adults. Conducting assessments, care plans and continuous reviews in relation to CQC Standards were also part of my role.
To expand my experience, my most recent role was working with children aged between 5 and 19, who had behavioural issues alongside social, emotional, and mental health condition. I applied to Cooperative Colne Valley Care after reading their Vision and Ethos. Working for a non-profit organization enables a focus on creating a wraparound service by identifying, understanding, and responding to the direct needs of a person.
The approach of ‘with’ and not ‘for’ is essential in enabling our service user members to maintain their independence. We promote choices and work in a mutual respecting environment, offering a range of holistic services based around key elements of My Life, My Home, My Community and My Care.
I am excited about Cooperative Care Colne Valley and the prospects it holds. We can explore various avenues of integration and progression with our local community and create a community for our User Members. It’s been a difficult time of mental isolation and loneliness for the people of Colne Valley. With a strong and committed family of volunteers, care support staff and an effective and passionate Board and management team, we can improve peoples lives, one day at a time.
The other things in my life I am passionate about are my family and my cats. My children are 20, 18 and 15 and I could not be prouder of them. Individually they are strong, but together we are stronger. I’ve been engaged for a year, but we have no wedding plans yet. We love travelling and we hope to buy a camper van in the future. The dining room table is always busy with my sewing machine or a 1000 piece jigsaw and some craft project. I love photography, mainly taking photos of people and capturing their true self, which has been tricky during the past year.
Abraham Richards – Community Operations Manager
I have spent all my working career so far in adult social care, with the majority of that working in learning disability services. I started as a support worker in a residential home for people with Dementia. Following this I moved on to become a support worker at a learning disability day service, working with people who display behaviours that challenge. A big part of this, and one of my passions, was communicating in creative and innovative ways to try and ensure that the people I worked with got the most out of their day.
Following this I moved into community support work, working in a team where the aim was to enable people with learning disabilities and autism to maximise their independent living skills. This included working with them around budgeting, cooking, cleaning and all other aspects that meant they could live as independently as possible.
I then moved onto an assessment role, carrying out social care assessments and putting in place creative packages of care to meet people’s needs under the care act. This started with people with learning disabilities, however I then moved on to working with people who have a wide variety of needs, ranging from physical disabilities to Huntington’s, mental health needs to dementia.
I applied for the Community Operations Manager job at Co-operative Care Colne Valley because their Vision for the Colne Valley resonated so closely with my beliefs. The fact that we are a not for profit organisation, ensuring that we provide good terms and conditions for staff and basing ourselves around a co-operative model all mean that we can provide the best quality service to the people who use our services, whilst also employing and nurturing a caring and high quality staff team.
I am really keen, as the Community Operations Manager, to ensure that every member of the Colne Valley, including our user members, has access to meaningful and fulfilling things to do with their time. This could range from coffee mornings to Dementia Café’s and walking groups to knit and natter groups. I want to galvanise the community and promote neighbourliness but overall I want to BRING THE COLNE VALLEY TOGETHER.
Outside of work, I am married with 2 children, 10 and 4, and enjoy going off in the motorhome to campsites all over Europe. I have 2 cats, a snake, 2 guinea pigs and a fish (no I’m not Dr Dolittle) and love being outside. I also play the saxophone and through lockdown went out on my doorstep every Thursday night and entertained the local street by playing songs ranging from We’ll meet again by Vera Lynn to Lean on Me by Bill Withers!!
Clare Collister – Finance and Business Support Officer
I have been working for Cooperative Care Colne Valley as Finance and Business Support Officer, since July 2020, having lost my previous job as an Events Support Officer in the first lockdown. My main roles are payroll, invoicing, maintaining the office systems and supporting the company in all of the administration. Being useful and organized is key to my role.
I do not have any prior experience in the Care sector but have a passion for working with and helping people. All my previous work life has been customer focused within an administration or finance role with the exceptions of working at Manchester airport for many years (my first jobs) and being a Student Midwife.
CCCV are a lovely bunch of people with a great passion to make a difference in the Colne Valley, where I also live (although I am a proud Mancunian, please do not hold that against me) and it makes a huge difference being a part of what we are achieving, I actually look forward to my working days. The 10-minute commute to work is a bonus.
As the company grows from strength to strength, I too am hoping to grow my knowledge, experience, and repertoire to be able to offer more to CCCV and to our community.
Outside of work, I am a single mother to two daughters, 10 and 13, and a crazy Border Collie puppy. I like nothing more than being sociable and love a good chat with anyone that listens, thankfully having a puppy has given me many more people to talk to!
Sue Richards – Nominated Individual
I have had a 35 year career in social care, starting as a care assistant and progressing to the level of service director in the local authority. I am a qualified social worker – my practice days were mainly spent in learning disability services.
I have held responsibility for a budget in excess of £100 million. I have also held responsibility for adult safeguarding and domestic homicide reviews. My responsibilities over the years have been wide-ranging, including all regulated services for adults and some regulated services for children.
I am passionate about supporting people to lives the lives they want -even up to the end of their lives. Over the last few years, it has become increasingly apparent to me that preventative services that help people maintain independence as part of a social network are crucial in supporting individuals need for social care. The more that peoples lives shrink the more likely they are to be dependent on social care. When people need more support from services it is important that individuals and their families are able to shape and have control over the high quality they deserve.
My other passion is for the opportunities that integration affords in improving outcomes. Integration not only with health and social care but also maximising the benefits of partnerships with the voluntary and community sector.
At home, I have a love for gardening and walking but I also love to travel in England and abroad. I am lucky enough to have a motorhome which makes that possible. In recent years I have taken up golf which keeps me busy in my spare time.